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Sunday Study Guide: Rogers & Durbin, Williams & Leiter, Roundtable

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI)

  • Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), who has been in Congress since 2001, is the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a former FBI agent.  As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, he is a member of the group of congressional leaders who receive high-level intelligence briefings. This group includes the chairs and ranking members of both the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, the speaker of the House, the House minority leader, Senate majority leader, and the Senate minority leader.  
  • A controversial cyber security bill sponsored by Rep. Rogers, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, passed in the House this week. Rogers said the bill is “a very narrow and focused authority to share cyber security threat information to keep America safe.”
  • Watch Rep. Roger’s most recent Meet the Press appearance.  


Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)

  • Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) is the assistant majority leader and the second-highest ranking Democrat in the Senate. He spoke on the Senate floor this week following the attack in Boston. He said the bombing was “a moment of grave concern across America” and “the sadness we feel for the victims, and the sadness we feel for an open and free America, where people stand on the sidelines and cheer on marathon runners, is one that is profound in the Senate.”
  • Sen. Durbin is also one of the Gang of Eight senators who have been working on comprehensive immigration reform, which they unveiled this week. Sen. Durbin said coming to a compromise “wasn’t easy” but “we came together determined to put together a comprehensive immigration bill, a task which has eluded other senators in the recent past.”
  • Watch his latest appearance on the show.


NBC’s Justice Correspondent Pete Williams reported on the Boston attacks and subsequent investigation this week. Watch his most recent MTP appearance here.


Michael Leiter is the former director of the National Counterterrorism Center. On Friday, he said although motivation for the attacks is still unknown, this is “looking more and more like a case of Sunni extremist terrorism with a homegrown aspect to it and to some degree this doesn’t look all that different from other cases we’ve had.”  


Roundtable: Chertoff, Goldberg, Brokaw, Goodwin, Noonan

  • Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff said this week the attacks in Boston will most likely not affect President Obama’s second-term agenda because terrorism “has been a priority for the last 11 years.” The administration “will go back over events and see what lessons can be learned, but this is not going to cause a shift in priorities." Watch his most recent appearance on Meet the Press.    
  • Jeffrey Goldberg wrote this week about five things to remember as events continue to develop in Boston. According to Goldberg, the facts in this case “shift with seeming abandon. But certain patterns and questions are making themselves fairly obvious.” Watch his most recent appearance on the show here.
  • NBC’s Tom Brokaw said this week, “I’ve been thinking about my children and grandchildren who will never know the days of innocence I did that you could go to anywhere to any kind of public event and not worry about some kind of explosive device being detonated … that is the price of freedom and that’s the world in which we live today.” He is the author of “The Time of Our Lives.” Watch his most recent appearance on the show here.
  • Presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin wrote the book “Team of Rivals,” which inspired Steven Spielberg’s film “Lincoln.” She  said  recently, “No one is more fascinating than Lincoln” and there is “no one whose leadership style is more relevant to us.” Watch her latest MTP appearance here.
  • Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan wrote this week about former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. , “When they died, Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, and Margaret Thatcher were old and long past their height of power. Everyone was surprised when Reagan died that crowds engulfed the Capitol … When John Paul died the Vatican was astonished to see millions converge. … And now at the end some came for Thatcher, too. What all three had in common: No one was with them but the people.” She is also the author of “Patriotic Grace.” Watch her most recent appearance on the show here.


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